Make a date with denim in the classic and versatile Ames Jeans. These 5-pocket wardrobe essentials are the real deal, with features like rivets, belt loops and a fly front. When it comes to jeans, perfect fit is a must. Get the look you love tailored for apple or pear shapes, with two leg options - skinny or straight. Hold the style together with a high rise and pocket stay for secret smooth shaping.
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZING: 12 to 28, with interchangeable pelvis (apple or pear fit) and leg (skinny or straight) pieces.
In the photos, Dawn (red hair) is wearing the pear + straight legs, and Jenny (blonde hair) is wearing the apple + skinny legs.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Main: 9.5 - 12 oz stretch denim with at least 2% lycra. Lining: non-stretch cotton. Interfacing: knit (stretch) or woven fusible, depending on preference for stretch in waistband.
NOTIONS: Denim / jeans needle, topstitching needle (optional), regular thread, topstitching thread, 7" (18 cm) metal jeans zipper, 1 jeans button, 8 jeans rivets (optional).
TOOLS: Point turner, hammer, awl (or nail), anvil (or other hard metal surface).
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 18 pages (4.5 MB)
Print at Home Pattern pieces: 70 pages (2 MB) - note there is a guide in the instructions for only printing the pages you need.
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (1.5 MB)
The Ames were the first "proper" jeans that I sewed (with all the bells and whistles). I was intimidated at first, but they came together beautifully and fit heaps better than any other pair of jeans I've ever worn.
I was skeptical about the process of the "pelvic" pattern pieces. Especially when I do not consider my self pear-shape (I am more of and hourglass). The measurements and description Jenny provides; makes it is easy to decide what pelvis to pick. I made the pear shape and fit perfectly! Excellent instructions on how to insert the fly zip. If you have 2 sewing machines and an overlocker / serger you can rock the jeans by the end of the day.